The Parish of Sandal Magna

Dementia Poetry Book Launch at Sandal Library


A new book of poetry reflecting on dementia is to be launched on the 21st September, 10 - 11.30am at Sandal Library, the district's first dementia-friendly library.

Navinder Gill will be reading from the book, which contains poems she has collected, written and produced for Bluebird Care, with illustrations by Ji-Ann Lee. The foreword to this book is by the Alzheimer's Society Wakefield, who write: Why call a book about the impact of dementia by people affected by dementia ‘Do You Still See Me?’

A common reflection of people affected by dementia – both those with a diagnosis and the carers around them – is the sense of stigma and reduced expectations that people around them may have.

Dementia is a progressive illness but as an organisation we strive to help each individual affected by dementia live well with dementia however they choose to define living well. Life does not stop after a diagnosis but needs and wants may change and our goal is to support people in meeting those needs and wants.

On reading through the poems within this book two common themes emerge – a sense of loss around the changes brought on by dementia, and how individual each person’s experience is. Each of the individuals affected by dementia across Wakefield and district that we have had contact with, have and continue to be an inspiration as to how to overcome the various challenges dementia may throw at a person and their families but also how they can live well and happily with the right support. The works in this book mirror the challenges of dementia but also how people rise to meet the obstacles in their way.




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